Don Sparks

I think it’s inevitable that autonomous trucking will capture a share of the marketplace. However, I would venture to guess that it will be a specialized market in that there are many types of freight that absolutely require a human operator. A good example would be chemical or gas delivery. I seriously doubt automatons would, anytime in the foreseeable future, be turning valves or monitoring offloads of serious chemicals.

Kristen Thomas

I can’t envision a totally driverless truck. The whole infrastructure would have to change. We are millions of dollars and many years from that happening on a large scale. There’s always maintenance that needs to be at all hours of the day and night. A tire will always need changing. Perhaps mechanics may become more fluent in the electric side of it, the sensors and such.

Mark Sanders

The future of trucking will definitely be autonomous. What I foresee is autonomous trucks moving the freight from staging hub to staging hub and local drivers delivering the load locally. The staging hubs could be a combination of a full load and cross dock type facility – Look to Amazon and there is your future.